International students and individuals keen on volunteering abroad in China are required to get a visa to gain entry into the country. Getting a Chinese visa is a pretty straightforward process and Impact Abroad will help you every step of the way.
For volunteers, one of two visas is issued, depending on the duration of the volunteer program:
Less than 6 months: Visit 'L' visa (most of our students and individuals who are volunteering abroad in China through Impact Abroad will be applying for this visa, unless he or she is enrolling in the program for more than 6 months).
Longer than 6 months: Work 'Z' visa
There are basically two ways for you to apply for a visa:
to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in Person
– The first option is to go to the nearest Chinese Consulate or the Chinese Embassy in your city to get a visa. If you live close to a Chinese consulate (located in New York, NY; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Houston, TX.), this process requires only two trips – one to drop off your visa and one to pick it up. This process can be time consuming and can take as long as two full days. (See more information below)
Send your Passport to Impact Abroad – Allow Impact Abroad to submit your passport to a local visa office or the nearest Chinese Consulate if you cannot do it personally. You can pay Impact Abroad a small fee, mail your passport to us, and we will get you the visa and mail your passport back. (See more information below)
Click here to learn how to go to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate
Click here to learn how to entrust Impact Abroad to apply for a
visa for you
Click here to see Impact Abroad Order Form